File:Yale-beinecke-library.jpg|right|thumb|On a bright day, the exterior enclosure of the Beinecke Library appears to float above its darkened entry level.
File:Yale Beinecke Library.JPG|right|thumb|This rainy day view shows the massive corner piers supporting the building's exterior enclosure. The sunken sculpture forecourt is in the foreground at left.
The '''Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library''' is the special collections|rare book library
and archive|literary archive
of the Yale University Library
in New Haven, Connecticut
. Situated on Yale University
's Hewitt Quadrangle
, the building was designed by Gordon Bunshaft
of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
and completed in 1963.
Established by a gift of the Beinecke family and given its own endowment, the library is financially independent from the university and is co-governed by the University Library and Yale Corporation